Not your grandfather’s library? County branches refocus vision

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During the next five years, the Johnson County Public Library district wants to get more children reading and using the library, become a social hub for the community, provide more digital services to residents and establish a library foundation.

The strategic plan that outlines how the library will grow and change will cost about $500,000 to execute but shouldn’t cost taxpayers beyond what they already pay because the library will replace old, underused programs with new initiatives, library director Beverly Martin said.

Each goal is broken down into smaller projects. They include encouraging parents to read 1,000 books to their children before kindergarten, compiling a list of local charitable groups to better direct residents in need of food or shelter, or providing spaces and equipment for library users to work on projects such as filming and video editing or arts and crafts such as pottery.

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